I consume a lot of content and also have a lot of thoughts. Aside from the 2.75 people I tell ideas to on a regular basis, these thoughts rarely ever leave my brain. They’re fleeting blurbs passed through a phone speaker, never to be heard again. After looking through projects like Ghost Knowledge and fantastically written articles like Research Debt , I’m starting to see how precious good documentation can be. How much knowledge is lost because people just never bother to write it down?

Fast forward to now, I stand before you, writing up the first entry into my Obsidian vault; a collection of my notes, ideas, ambitions, sorrows, and dreams.


  1. Inviting conversations - Although not every thought will be a winner, I’d like to think that there are some catalysts to nourishing, productive conversation in this vault.
  2. It’s about time - Some of my favourite documents are journal entries from the dark ages (middle school). With that in mind, I’d like to give some things for future me to reminisce on.
  3. Writing distills thought - This milkshake brings all the thoughts to the yard


  1. Improve quality of knowledge
    • Linking exisiting topics
    • Additive commentary on top of notes
  2. Share findings
    • Being able to link to helpful resources on subject matters
    • Create evergreen collection of thoughts to invite discussion

Building the Vault

Since I am absolutely full sending this initiative, I want to organize my information in a way that is sensical, flexible, and convenient. More on that below


  1. Ability to input notes quickly - Because of my tendency to consume a lot of content fairly quickly, a low friction note taking platform is key
  2. Platform flexibility - Ability to access notes on multiple devices, needing to know that repository of knowledge won’t vanish if my computer crashes (knocking on wood)
  3. Visually pleasing - I can’t deny that I am a simp to aesthetic. Yay for pretty colors ^-^
  4. Accessible - If I’m spending a lot of time writing out notes, I would want them to be comprehensible to visitors, even ones without pre-exisiting knowledge about the Zettelkasten system that people like to use

Dewey or Don’t We

If you like libraries, you’re probably familiar with the age old Dewey Decimal system, a classification method used by libraries to order and shelve books. Although it has its problems , I appreciate its longstanding ability to map abstract knowledge topics to numerical patterns. Since numbers are easy to manipulate and sort, I figured I would use them too.

My updated version encompasses the topics I find myself more interested in. I call it the Newey Decimal System :) Further deliniations will be created as more and more content is added. For now, I think I’ll just keep things relatively simple.

000-099General knowledgeHow do we organize information?Node color
100-199PhilosophyWho, what, where, when, and why?Node color
200-299Psychology and RelationshipsWho are we when alone and together?Node color
300-399Sociology and EconomicsWho are the people around me? How are incentives used for specific outcomes?Node color
400-499Political SystemsHow do we organize?Node color
500-599Media StudiesWhat do we express and through which mediums?Node color
600-699EngineeringHow are we modifying our world?Node color
700-799General SciencesHow can we explain the world around us?Node color
800-899ArtWhere do we find beauty, relief, and expression?Node color
900-999HistoryWhat was the world like in the past?Node color

For the backlink graph presented in Obsidian, the depth of notes will be represented by the saturation of the node color.

Color Palette


Each document will have a few pieces of necessary information, namely relevant tags, date, and backlinks. These will be included in every header for providing quick context.

Next Steps

All that’s left to do is populate! I’ll be adding to this library as I go along. In the meanwhile, I’ll also be doing the following


Date: 2021-07-17 Tags: #setup #generalities #semibaked Source: None Relevant: [[Landing Page]]

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